a service of this weekend. united in solidarity, firefighters from stations all over the area gathered saturday to pay their respects to a fallen hero -- mark falkenhan, the guy with the big smile, who always went above and beyond. >> mark's just a great guy. i mean, he's a family man. he is a firefighter's firefighter. he is just skilled in all of the disciplines. mark's a firefighter, a paramedic, a rescue specialist, a diver, an instructor. >> while loved ones comforted each other outside of the viewing, fellow firefighters carried in posters and falkenhan's helmet, both reminders of his legacy. the 43-year-old volunteer firefighter died wednesday night while responding to a fire at a towson apartment complex in parkville. >> two beautiful young men lost a father. and a beautiful woman lost a husband. these men standing behind me from the lutherville volunteer fire company lost one of their best. >> we take some solace in knowing that mark did not die alone in that apartment fire.